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balance Tweet Definition of balance Like Definition of balance on Facebook
noun 
  1. A pair of scales.
  2. (uncountable) equilibrium, Equilibrium in movement.
  3. (uncountable) support, Support for both viewpoints, substances etc or neither; neutrality.
  4. A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other
verb (balanc, ing)
  1. (transitive) to make (items) weigh up.
  2. (transitive) (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.
  3. (transitive) to hold (an object or objects) precariously.
  4. (transitive) to make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  5. (intransitive) to be in equilibrium.
  6. (intransitive) to have matching credits and debits.
     
bank Tweet Definition of bank Like Definition of bank on Facebook
noun 
  1. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  2. A branch office of such an institution
  3. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
blood bank
sperm bank
data bank
  1. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
a of switches
  1. An edge of river or other watercourse.
  2. (nautical) An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth (for example, a sandbank or mudbank).
  3. An embankment.
  4. (context, aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  5. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
verb 
  1. (context, intransitive, aircraft) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  2. (context, intransitive) To deal with a bank or financial institution.
He banked with Barclays.
  1. (context, transitive) To put into a .
I'm going to the money.
  1. (context, transitive) To cause (an aircraft) to .
  2. (context, transitive) To form into a or heap, to bank up.
  3. (context, transitive) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
     
barrel Tweet Definition of barrel Like Definition of barrel on Facebook
noun 
  1. (countable) A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
a cracker
  1. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 1/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons.
Quotations
  • 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 205.
  • 1882: 23 Hen. VIII, cap. 4... The barrel of beer is to hold 36 gallons, the kilderkin 18 gallons the firkin 9. But the barrel, kilderkin, and firkin of ale are to contain 32, 16, and 8 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 205.
    1. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case;
  • ''the of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
    1. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
    2. (obsolete) A jar. Obs. 1 Kings xvii. 12.
    3. (archaic) A tube.
    4. (zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather.
    5. (music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1).
    6. (context, idiomatic, surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
    7. (context, US, specifically, _, New England) A waste receptacle.
    Throw it away in the trash .
    1. The ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
    verb (barrel, l, ed)
    1. to move quickly or in an uncontrolled manner
    He came barrelling around the corner and I almost hit him.
         
    beat Tweet Definition of beat Like Definition of beat on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A pulsation or throb.
    2. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
    3. A rhythm.
    4. A pause with the camera focused on one shot, often a characters face (often used in screenplays/teleplays).
    5. The route of a patrol by a guard or officer as in walk the beat.
    6. In newspapering, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business, etc.).
    7. A small part of a dramatic play.
    verb (beats, beating, beat, beaten)
    1. To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
    As soon as she heard the news, she went into a rage and the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
    1. To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
    He danced hypnotically while she the atabaque.
    1. To win against; to defeat; to do better than, outdo, or excel someone in a particular, competitive event.
    Jessica had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
    No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always him.
    1. (context, intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
    2. To mix food in a rapid fashion. cf. whip.
    Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
    adjective 
    1. (gay slang) fabulous
    Her makeup was beat!
    1. exhausted
    After the long day, she was feeling completely .
         
    bissextile Tweet Definition of bissextile Like Definition of bissextile on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A leap year; A year having an extra day.
    adjective 
    1. Having an extra day (of a leap year).
         
    bow Tweet Definition of bow Like Definition of bow on Facebook
    noun verb      
    bridge Tweet Definition of bridge Like Definition of bridge on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
    The rope crosses the river.
    1. (anatomy) The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
    Rugby players often break the of their noses.
    1. (dentistry) A prosthesis replacing one or several adjacent tooth, teeth.
    The dentist pulled out the decayed tooth and put in a .
    1. (nautical) An elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.
    The first officer is on the .
    1. (music) The piece, on string instruments, that support the strings from the sounding board.
    2. (computing) A device which connects two or more computer bus, buses, typically in a transparent manner.
    This chip is the between the front-side bus and the I/O bus.
    1. (communication) A system which connects two or more LAN, local area networks at layer 2.
    The LAN uses a spanning tree algorithm.
    1. (music) A song contained within another song, often demarcated by meter, key, or melody.
    The lyrics in the song's inverted its meaning.
    1. (chemistry) A valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.
    2. (electronics) An unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.
    3. (electronics) Any of several electrical devices that measure characteristics such as impedance and inductance by balancing different parts of a circuit
    4. (billiards, snooker, pool) A particular form of one hand placed on the table to support the cue when making a shot in cue sports.
    verb (bridg, ing)
    1. To be or make a bridge over something.
    With enough cable, we can this gorge.
    1. (idiomatic) To span as if with a bridge.
    The two groups were able to their differences.
         
    button Tweet Definition of button Like Definition of button on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A knob or disc that is passed through a slit (buttonhole) in the adjacent material, serving as a fastener.
    April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
    1. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
    Pat pushed the marked "shred" on the blender.
    1. (computing) In computer software, an on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
    Click the that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
    1. A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
    The politician wore a bright yellow with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
    1. (botany) A bud.
    2. (slang) The clitoris.
    3. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
    4. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
    5. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's .
    6. (poker) The player who is last to act, who possesses the button.
    verb 
    1. (transitive) To fasten with a button.
         

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